Brief History: Kohat city is the Headquarters of Kohat District in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (Formerly NWFP) located on the left bank of Kohat Toi River. The town, centers around a 19th century British fort, built on the site of an old Sikh fortress. The old town is enclosed by a wall with 14 gates.
The main tribe of Kohat is Bangash but it is also occupied by Orakzai, Khattak (Main sub tribes of Khattaks in Kohat are Barak Khattak and Seeni Khattaks), Shinwari, Afridi, Banoori, Awan, Bukhari, Akhunzada , Qureshi and more . It was earlier also known as ‘Bangash Valley’ along with Hangu. The residents of Kohat speak Pashto and Hindko. Urdu being National language is also spoken and understood.
Kohat is the terminus railway station of Kohat-Jand railway line. It was also the terminus station of a narrow gauge railway line which connected it with Thall. This railway line was closed in 1991.
Aerial view of Kohat City and Kohat Airfield. This photo taken from 7000 feet altitude shows Kohat City and Kohat airfield. Darra Adam Khel mountains are at the back while Malakand and Swat Mountains can also be seen in the far distance. Photo by Hydaspes’ Lightbox.
Friendship Tunnel, Kohat. The Kohat Tunnel, also called “Pak-Japan Friendship Tunnel”, was constructed with Japanese help. Its length is 1.2 miles (1.9 km). It was opened for traffic in June 2003. The tunnel serves as a shorter, alternate route to the Kotal Pass, situated between Peshawar and Kohat, thus saving travel time by 20 minutes. Long-bodied vehicles that previously couldn’t negotiate the sharp bends on the Kotal Pass, have now got access to the Indus Highway.
Internal View of Kohat Tunnel. Photo by Dashing Khattak.
Kohat Toll Plaza
King Gate, Kohat
Tomb of Abdullah Khan Durrani at Kohat. Abdullah Khan Durrani was son of Abdul Qadir Khan Durrani and grandson of Ahmad Shah Durrani (also known as Ahmad Khan Abdali), the founder of the Durrani Empire in modern-day Afghanistan. After the death of Ahmad Shah Durrani in 1772, his son Timur Shah Durrani became the second ruler of the Durrani Empire. In 1776, Timur Shah compelled his uncle Abdul Qadir Khan Durrani to leave Afghanistan. Abdul Qadir sent his two sons Faizullah Khan Durrani and Abdullah Khan Durrani along with other family members to Akora Khattak. He himself went to Damascus (Syria), where he (Abdul Qadir Khan Durrani) died in 1781.
After the death of his wife, Abdullah Khan Durrani migrated to Kohat in 1791 where he married a widow, Pashmina.
Entrance of Kohat Air Base. Kohat Air Base was commissioned by Royal Air Force for operational purposes in 1922 to meet the threat posed by tribesmen of the northern and western areas of the Frontier Province. Kohat was one of the three Air Bases in the region, the other two being Peshawar and Risalpur.
Kohat University of Science and Technology. Photo by Irfan Saeed.
A Panoramic View of Kohat University of Science & Technology. Photo by Afaq Hussain.
Entrance Gate of Cadet College Kohat. Photo contributed by Brig (R) Anwar Khan. The little boy in the picture is his grandson, Ayaan Khan.
BISE (Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education) Kohat. Photo by Nasir Saeed Khattak.
Fruit Vendors in a Bazaar at Kohat. The mountain in the background is called Dosaray Ghar (Hill with two tops), though one can see three tops. While Britishers used to call it ‘Old Woman’s Nose’. Photo by friend_faraway -Back home from Nepal.
Spitfire Mark VIIIe Aircraft at Royal Air Force Base Kohat, 1946. This Spitfire Mk VIIIe was with No.2 Sqn from 20 Jan 1946. It was written off on 29th Jan 1947, when Pilot Officer Pat Callaghan belly landed the aircraft in Kohat airfield. The aircraft engine had caught fire after an oil leak during circuit and landing practice. Photo by Arun Agnihotri.
A Hawker Hurricane Aircraf Flying near Kohat, 1946. Photo by Arun Agnihotri.
A Hunting Party in Kohat, 1930. Commanding officer Grahame Donald, a senior RAF pilot, is sitting second left middle row.
An Old Black & White Photo of a Cobbler in Kohat, 1925. The signboard shows that Bannu is 79 miles away.
A Bazar in Kohat, April 1919
Kohat in 1919 (‘Old Woman’s Nose’ in the Background). The mountain in the background is called Dosaray Ghar (Hill with two tops), though one can see three tops. While Britishers used to call it ‘Old Woman’s Nose’.
Mule Lines of 52nd Sikhs Regiment at Kohat, 1919
Living Lines of Soldiers and Quarter Guard of 52nd Sikhs Regiment at Kohat, 1919
Lines of 52nd Sikhs, Kohat, 1919
Another View of Lines of 52nd Sikhs, Kohat, 1919
St. Augustine’s Church, Kohat in February 1916. Photo by emmyeustace.
A Football Match in Kohat, 1910
Government House, Kohat, 1906
A Cricket Match in Kohat, 1860s. St. Augustine’s Church is visible at the background.
Kohat Cantonment Railway Station, 1900s
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